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Choosing a Water Heater for Your Home

When looking for a new water heater for your home, choose one that will not just provide enough hot water, but also adequate energy and cash savings. That means checking out different types of water heaters and knowing the right size and fuel source for your needs.

Criteria for Choosing

Fuel
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Size

It is a must that you use the right sized water heater to provide your household with sufficient hot water and to maximize efficiency.

Energy Efficiency

To rise your energy and cost savings, you need to know how energy efficient a water heater is before you buy it.

Costs

Before buying a water heater, estimate its annual operating costs and compare them with other energy-efficient models. And do what you can to lessen your use of hot water. You might also want to explore other techniques like drain-water heat recovery to save cash on your bill.

Energy Types for Water Heaters

The fuel type or types available in your location can impact your water heater choices. The following are your options according to fuel:

Electricity

This is widely available in the United States to power traditional storage, tankless or demand-type, and heat pump water heaters. It may can be combined with water and space heating systems, including tankless coil and indirect water heaters.
Fuel Oil

Available in specific areas of the United States and fuels conventional storage water heaters, and indirect combination water and space heating systems.

Geothermal Energy

Available in all parts of the United States to homes with installed geothermal heat pump system intended for space heating and cooling.

Natural Gas

Available in various parts of the United States to power conventional storage and demand, tankless or instantaneous water heaters, and also when combined with water and space heating systems, which include tankless coil and indirect water heaters.

Propane

Available in various locations across the United States to fuel conventional storage and demand (tankless or instantaneous) water heaters, and so with indirect combination water and space heating systems.

Solar Energy

Available across the United States, especially in the Southwest, for solar water heaters. If you have several fuel types available in your area, it’s good to compare costs. Comparing lets you see your options a lot more clearly. Even if you’re only replacing an old water heater, you may discover that you’ll save more cash in the long run if you switched to a different fuel source.